What are the best series finales?

Capping a whole series off is a momentous feat. Some finales have either created a lasting effect on the hearts of many and some failed to live up to what the writers have long tried to build up the entire show. Here is a list of TV shows whose finales managed to do the former.

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    M*A*S*H is a 1972 American comedy-drama television series aired on CBS based on the novel of Richard Hooker about an Army hospital during the Korean War. It won 14 Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award which became the highest-rated shows in America. 

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    Andrew Mitchell
    Written on May 21, 2019
    "MASH remains to be the greatest American show that has ever come to TV. I remember watching the finale with my uncle and it was the first time I had ever seen him cry. 😢 Rewatching this as an adult is such an experience. War is hell. "
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    Set in Vermont, married couple Dick and Joana Loudon run an inn after just having moved from the Big Apple. The two encounter rural people with quirky personalities daily. The show first aired in 1982 and accumulated a total of 8 seasons.

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    John Carter
    Written on May 21, 2019
    "Definitely one the most shocking series finales ever. I mean, it was so META of them to even dare. Not even the series finales of 2019 can top Newhart. It's so ahead of its time! 💁"
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    #3Six Feet Under

    Six Feet Under

    Six Feet Under is a hit HBO series that takes a darkly comic look at a dysfunctional family that runs a funeral business in Los Angeles. This American comedy stars Peter Krause as Nate Fisher who takes over the family business after his father's death.

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    Shaurya Pillai
    Written on May 21, 2019
    "Watching this as a teen in early 2000 with the same messy family situation really helped me cope through it all. At times, it made me grateful that my family wasn't THAT crappy, but more often, it made me feel understood. I'll always carry this show with me... probably until I'm six feet under 😝"
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    Friends is a comedy TV show released in the year 1995 by NBC. It starred Jennifer Aniston, Courney Cox, Matthew Perry, and Lisa Kudrow. The story is about the exploits of a friend group as they live in the same apartment in New York City.

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    Lawrence McCoy
    Written on May 21, 2019
    "Friends paved the way for much of the comedy TV shows that followed after their time. It was one of the most watched tv show finales of all time and I honestly don't have any doubts about that claim. "
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    #5The Sopranos

    The Sopranos

    The Sopranos is an American crime drama television series created by David Chase. It follows New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano, who deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business.

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    Teresa Walker
    Written on May 21, 2019
    "The Sopranos has bags the best use of Dont Stop Believin in a show ever. 💯 Glee can choke! "
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    #6The Mary Tyler Moore Show

    The Mary Tyler Moore Show

    The Mary Tyler Moore Show follows Mary Richards, a woman who settles in Minneapolis after leaving her boyfriend. Richards has a job in the lowest-rated station and a boss who hates her. The show won 29 Emmy awards over its 7 seasons.

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    Jorge Carmona
    Written on May 21, 2019
    "The finale was so realistic it almost burns. 😭 Taught me that things aren't as dramatic as we initially set them out to be.😤 Adult life, right? "
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    #7Battlestar Galactica

    Battlestar Galactica

    Battlestar Galactica is a military sci-fi TV series that aired in 2004. It is a re-imagination of the 1978 TV series with the same title that was created by Glen A Larson. The show starred Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, and Katee Sackhoff.

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    Juan Weaver
    Written on May 21, 2019
    "All this has happened before and hopefully, other TV finales can live up to this masterful piece of art. Following Star Trek, BG is my top 2 fave! I'm a huge sci-fi nerd and I've been so disappointed with the current shows on our TV 🙁"
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    #8Breaking Bad

    Breaking Bad

    Breaking Bad is a 2008 American drama series about a high school chemistry teacher, Walter White, burdened with financial troubles and terminal cancer. White, out of desperation, made ends meet by turning his old RV into a meth lab. 

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    Samantha Washington
    Written on May 21, 2019
    "This so beautifully tied everything together. I'm no fan of Heisenberg, but I really love this ep. Jesse (my baby) deserves the world! 😭😩😫😪🌍🌎🌏"


Best What are the best series finales
1M*A*S*HTV Shows 18 Paid
2NewhartTV Shows 12 Paid
3Six Feet UnderTV Shows 10 Paid
4FriendsTV Shows 4 Paid
5The SopranosTV Shows 3 Paid
6The Mary Tyler Moore ShowTV Shows 2 Paid
7Battlestar GalacticaTV Shows 1 Paid
8Breaking BadTV Shows 0 Paid

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